Music celebrates 50 years

We mark 50 years of Music at the University of York!

Artist's impression of the Singing Stone
Artist’s impression of the Singing Stone

Our ‘Singing Stone’

This stunning and original sculpture by artists Gordon Young and Andy Altmann will soon be placed on campus in a tribute to Dame Janet Baker, one of Britain’s best known musicians, Chancellor of the University of York from 1991–2004, and a major benefactor to the Department of Music – most recently through the annual Dame Janet Baker Masters Scholarship. Made possible by two generous benefactions, Singing Stone incorporates the words from Dame Janet’s favourite song, W. B. Yeats’ The Cloths of Heaven. The Singing Stone is the third in a series of Stone works across the UK, joining Listening Stones at GCHQ in Cheltenham and Cursing Stone at Tullie House in Carlisle. The sculpture will be unveiled during the Department of Music’s 50th anniversary in recognition of Dame Janet’s musical contribution to society.

Join our reunion

music-reunionJoin us to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Department of Music on the weekend of 13–14 June 2015, alongside alumni, staff, students and friends.

The weekend will be a friendly and inspiring occasion, with a programme of accomplished performances featuring the best of York music as well as opportunities to reunite with fellow Music alumni. The weekend ticket is priced at £38 per person and includes refreshments, a buffet lunch and dinner as well as a host of musical events created especially for you.

Music at 50

The experience of creating, performing, listening to and sharing music lies at the heart of the life of the University’s Department of Music. As the Department celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Music at 50 Fund will help ensure that this special experience continues to inspire future generations of musicians. We hope you’ll consider supporting the fund to enhance the experience and facilities offered by the Department.

York Concerts

From early to new, folk to classical, York Concerts offer a variety of performances to suit a range of musical tastes. York alumni and retired staff can take advantage of a 10 per cent discount on tickets.

Find out about upcoming concerts at University of York Concerts.